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Youth@Cluj-Napoca a�� A Lesson about the True Meaning of Sharing

Ioana Petrescu

Ioana is a Romanian expat living in the Netherlands. She has been collaborating with an international student NGO, and nowadays she is dedicating her time to helping start-ups in Marketing and Communication issues. She loves travelling and is always happy to give a hand in helping organisers create their events.


 

Youth@Cluj-Napoca a�� A Lesson about the True Meaning of Sharing

A�Words by Ioana Petrescu//ioanap28@gmail.com

2015 is going to be an eventful year in Romania, especially when it comes to sharing common goals. The people from Cluj-Napoca are planning to show Europe how they are sharing the title of European Youth Capital with all the community.

The EUa��s eastern border is becoming a popular attraction when it comes to international events. From student meetings, to conferences, to film and music festivals, organisers are doing their best to put Romania on the European map. And the trend has peaked in 2015, when Cluj-Napoca became the European Youth Capital.

Before talking about how the city is sharing its title with the community, a short introduction should be made. Cluj-Napoca is situated in Romaniaa��s Western part, being named also the a�?heart of Transylvaniaa��. The settlement itself dates back to the pre-Roman times, and since then it went from a Dacian settlement, to a municipium, a village, a small town to eventually become the city we know today. Nowadays it is Romaniaa��s second economic power.

Even though it has a population of only a bit over 300,000 citizens, this is the place where around 100,000 young people are studying and living. In 2015 the organisers of Youth@Cluj-Napoca are planning to involve all of them in countless projects to create the frame for future developments.

The title of European Youth Capital is awarded to one city per year by the European Youth Forum based on criteria such as creativity and innovation when it comes to implementing the projects for and with young people. What drew attention to Cluj-Napoca was that the municipality decided the title does not belong only to itself, but to all who get in contact with the city. Thus the SHARE concept was born!

The main idea is that through sharing society gets the best opportunity to grow and develop itself. This has been one of central pillars since 2011, when the application was written. In 2012 the SHARE Federation that reunites 36 organisations, mostly student NGOs, was founded. All the participants firmly affirm that sharing runs through their veins. They are more than sure that every project could be covered by the SHARE umbrella under one of the concepts: Share Work, Share Space, Share Culture, Share Power, Share Joy, Share Vision, Share European and Share Responsibly.

Sharing the opportunities does not only mean concentrating on certain areas of the city or a group. It also means getting the event to non-central neighbourhoods and involving the ones with less chances. Through a�?Cluj Never Sleepsa�? the teams created events held in the so-called bad places of the city. The projects built under the SHARE Europe pillar aim to support and empower young Roma people from Cluj-Napoca to be involved in the European Youth Capital 2015 Programme.

And when it comes to the citizens themselves and how they adopted the sharing vision, they are more than thrilled about the idea. When it comes to the HORECA sector, visitors can find special Youth@Cluj-Napoca maps, and dedicated menus. NGOa��s are already taking advantage of the conditions created.

They concentrate their efforts on building sustainable projects and on showing the importance of volunteering activities. The members of SHARE Federation are doing their best to bring non-formal education closer to people, not only to the ones living in Cluj-Napoca, but also to the ones visiting the city. They are encouraging the citizens to take advantage of the title, especially since it is in their home town!

As for EUa��s citizens, Cluj-Napoca is a good destination when it comes to having a great adventure. It is a city full of history and lively people, willing to share their knowledge and welcome everybody in their community. So why you dona��t come over to Europea��s Youth Capital of 2015?

 

Ioana Petrescu

Ioana is a Romanian expat living in the Netherlands. She has been collaborating with an international student NGO, and nowadays she is dedicating her time to helping start-ups in Marketing and Communication issues. She loves travelling and is always happy to give a hand in helping organisers create their events.

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